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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Pavakkai Puli Kuzhambu

Pavakkai Puli Kuzhambu
Bitter melon is rich in nutrients and has lot of medicinal uses.Bitter gourd / Bitter melon is known as Pavakkai in tamil, Kakarakaya in telugu and Karela in hindi. Pavakkai puli kuzhambu is a spicy south Indian gravy prepared by cooking pavakkai with spices and tamarind juice.  This tangy gravy goes well with rice. It can also be served as a side dish to Idli and Dosa. Please check below for step by step instructions and pictures for preparing South Indian Pavakkai Puli Kuzhambu.



Preparation Time:     10 mins
Cook Time :                20 mins
Ready in :                   30 mins
Yields :                         4 Servings
Pavakkai Puli Kuzhambu

Ingredients:
Table 1: To fry and grind
Oil
2 tsp
Channa dal
1 tsp
Urad dal 
1 tsp
Cumin seeds
1/2 tsp
Curry leaves       
5
Red Chillies
3
Shallots chopped
1/2 Cup
Tomato chopped
1/2 Cup
Salt

Turmeric powder
1/4 tsp
Coriander powder
1  tsp
Shredded coconut
3 tbsp
Coriander leaves                       
2 stalks               

Table 2:
Gingelly Oil
2 tsp
Mustard seeds
1/4 tsp
Onion(Finely chopped)
1/4 Cup
Curry leaves
3
small size Bitter gourd     
1
Tamarind 
Half Lemon Size
Jaggery
1.5 tsp


Instructions:
  • Heat Oil in a pan and add cumin seeds, urad dal and channa dhal. When Channa dal turns golden colour, add red chillies,curry leaves and shallots. Fry till shallots turn translucent
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  •   Add tomatoes and fry till tomatoes turn mushy.Add salt, turmeric powder and coriander powder. Fry  for 2 minutes. 
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  •  Lastly add shredded coconut and coriander leaves. Switch off the stove and allow the mixture to cool down. Grind the mixture into smooth paste by adding enough water. Transfer it to a bowl and keep it ready.                             

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  • Soak tamarind in hot water for 10 minutes. Squeeze the seeds and fibre to get the tamarind juice. 
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  • Take oil from table 2 and heat it in a pan. Add mustard seeds. When they splutter add finely chopped onion and curry leaves. Fry till onions turn translucent.
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  • Wash and cut bitter gourd into circles. Remove the seeds.
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  •  Once the onion turn translucent add bitter gourd. Fry for 5 mins. 
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  • Add grind-ed  mixture and 1 cup of water. Allow the gravy to boil . When the gravy boils, add tamarind juice. Add jaggery and cook till Oil separates. 
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  • Adjust salt if needed. Check if bitter gourd is cooked.

Pavakkai Puli Kuzhambu

Tips:
  • Red chillies can be replaced by chilli powder.
  • Coriander leaves can be added in last step  for garnishing ,instead of grinding. 
  • Adding jaggery is optional

9 comments:

  1. looks delicious. will try and let u know soon

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  2. my mom use to make this often...kulambu looks so tempting..

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  3. The gourd is best remedy for diabetes. I cook it all the time and of the best ways of is this curry, with spices and tamarind juice.

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  4. Wow nice platter Nithya..:-) Kulambu looks really tempting

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  5. Wow this is a staple at our home,Pics are cool Nithya

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  6. Very nice Nithya, lovely tempting kuzhambu....

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  7. Same pinch dear :) Ur kulambu looks awesome !!

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  8. This was my first try from ur Blog Nithya:) It was a big hit in my home.
    Thank u for this recipe with appropriate measures.

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    1. Thanks Krithika for your feedback..Glad you liked my recipe..

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